Buzz: Isakson again only senator to chair two committees. Floyd to host ethics conference March 8. Library home to artwork from Floyd County Schools’ students.

Buzz: Isakson again only senator to chair two committees. Floyd to host ethics conference March 8. Library home to artwork from Floyd County Schools’ students.

The creativity of Floyd County Schools’ students is on display at the library starting this week. Details below.


U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson in file photograph.

 U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.,was selected by his colleagues to continue his service as chairman of both the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the Senate Select Committee on Ethics in the 116th Congress, which formally began on Jan. 3. Notably, he will continue as the only senator to chair two committees.

As chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs for a third consecutive term, Isakson has pledged to focus on oversight of the implementation of new laws enacted during the 2017-2018 session of Congress to ensure veterans are being well served by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). As chairman of the non-partisan Senate Select Committee on Ethics, Isakson and his colleagues on the committee will be tasked with ensuring the ethical standards of the U.S. Senate are met.

Isakson was also selected to continue his service as a member of the Senate Committee on Finance with oversight of federal health, trade, and tax policies; the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations charged with developing and influencing the nation’s foreign policy; and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, which oversees U.S. education, health care and employment policies.

“I’m proud to continue serving Georgians as a member of five key committees that are important to our state and our nation,” said Isakson. “I’m especially honored that my colleagues have entrusted in me the responsibility that comes with being chairman of two committees in the Senate – Veterans’ Affairs and Ethics – and I am committed to working diligently every single day to be the best leader on behalf of our nation’s veterans and the American people.”

The annual exhibit of Floyd County student art is under way at the Rome-Floyd County Library. Featured: A  display of art created by Floyd County student artists from kindergarten through 12th grade. The display changes each Thursday through Feb. 28 as follows:

  • Coosa Area: Jan. 7-17

  • Model Area: Jan. 21-31

  • Pepperell Area: Feb. 4-15

  • Armuchee Area: Feb.18-28

Rome-Floyd County Library hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Kathleen Benton

An ethics conference planned for March 8 is designed to help healthcare professionals learn to communicate more effectively with each other as well as with patients and family members during difficult times.

“Healthcare and the Art of Difficult Discussions,” hosted by Floyd Medical Center, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Conference Center.

Physicians, nurses, counselors, therapists, chaplains, social workers and others can receive continuing education credits by completing the course.

Many professionals struggle when trying to communicate effectively with individuals and families who are dealing with such issues as illness or injury, living life more fully or facing death.

The guest speaker will be Kathleen Benton, a leader in palliative care, ethicist and international author and speaker. Benton has worked in the area of ethics for more than 12 years. She earned her doctorate in public health leadership from Georgia Southern University, her Masters in Bioethics from Case Western Reserve University and her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Communications from Furman University.

“While many of these conversations are focused on patients and families, much of the dilemma is that we professionals don’t know how to talk with each other very well,” said Jack Foley, Chaplain at Floyd and the conference coordinator. “Kathleen talks about it in terms of us each working in our own silos. I heard Kathleen speak at a conference in Stone Mountain last year, and she was by far the best speaker over the course of the two-day conference. I sought her out, and thankfully, she was agreeable to coming as our keynote speaker this year.”

This conference will help raise awareness of ethical dilemmas, address barriers, provide resources and teach practical communication skills for having difficult discussions. Using case studies, lecture and panel discussion, participants will be invited to consider what might be the best way to communicate in a variety of scenarios.

The cost ranges from $125 for health care providers, $75 for other professionals and $25 for students. To register, go to For information, contact Foley at 706.509.519

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